ART OVERLOAD – More Barbadian Art than you can shake a Paintbrush at: Queen’s Park Gallery, Grand Salle, Bridgetown Gallery & Barbados Arts Council
Usually after the Winter season for Tourism, art in Barbados is scarcer than locating a mythical winner for the current Super Lotto with its ever-climbing jackpot (It was last at $9-mil. plus, oh babies!)… This Crop Over, however, finds art overloading the culture-meter and both within and without from the City environs!
Starting from the outer bands of Bridgetown to its inner pulse, we shall track the itineraries… When you are near the Bridgetown Port, make a stop by the Pelican Village (When is the last time you saw that patriotic bird? Apart from when that evil schoolboy stoned a pelican and broke its wing and it subsequently died of shock? Why wasn’t the stinking teen sent to Dodds?) and view the Crop Over exhibition on show from the Barbados Arts Council.
Available until August 21st, you’ll find Rasheed Boodhoo‘s multi-coloured abstracts, watercolours from Ron Lucas,the works of Susan Alleyne-Forde, Shirley Lashley and so much more…
Corrie Scott’s Tropical Shimmer series looks a palette knife made the collage of colours, but are actually old credit cards – who says old money can’t be taught new tricks? Not far from the Pelican Craft Centre at Bagnall’s Point, there’s the Bridgetown Gallery, nee Zemicon, on Hincks Street.
Running up to August 30th, Ellon Lewis has a whole slate of different Bajan landscapes waiting for you to appreciate. One in particular is rather reminiscent of Georges Seurat’s pointillist work.
So much so, we did two close up’s of the detail found in “Cherry Tree Hill – Revisited” for you to appreciate the comparison.
On the first floor of the Norman Centre next to Cave Shepherd (Which is a satellite for another art show, phew!) is the Festival Art Gallery which was in Holetown and Oistins earlier this year and runs to August 14th.
Over at Queen’s Park Gallery, there are only a few days left observing 100 years of Karl Broodhagen, who elevated Barbadian art from Combermere Secondary for not just its students but the whole country. His prolific mastery festoons Queen’s Park Gallery with its majesty in both oils and sculptings.
Proud son Virgil Broodhagen, magnificent painter in his own right, coordinated the displaying of the pieces with curatorship from Nerys Rudder & Janice Whittle.
Over at the Grand Salle of the Central Bank, is the two dimensional leg of the Visual Arts Festival (VAF) – photography and painting is the 2D references made for this portion of their extravaganza. Raymond Maughan, Clare Codrington and Rachelle “I-Queen” Gray are some of the photographic contingent.
2 Dimensional Fine Art exhibits are currently on display and will remain until Monday 26th July. The final leg of the show will be mounted from July 29 to August 9 and its attention is on 3 Dimensional Fine Arts.
A panel will select three winning pieces from each exhibition. At the end of the VAF, one piece will be selected from among the nine, to be the Purchase Award which carries a monetary value of $7,500.00.
The three winning pieces from the first exhibition were submitted by Anne Rudder, Ireka Jelani and Margaret Herbert while the winning pieces for the second exhibition were submitted by Alison Chapman-Andrews, Justin Downey and Don Small.
Arlette St Hill displays her painting versatility while Rashida Butcher is fascinated by female attributes and accoutrements in creating shoes via illustration in ways you’ve never seen before!
Jeshua Bonas is obviously fascinated with Karl Broodhagen’s Emancipation statue and combines it with comic book mythos of the Hulk! It seems like a 21st Century version of Jesus chasing the money-lenders from the Temple. Can it be Bussa does not like what is going on with our fields and hills, are they truly beyond recall? Whose recall? Bajans or overseas investors?
Beyond Recall is also one at the Tom Adams Financial Centre from Petra Haynes, who also was on show at the Sparman Clinic recently.
There are mini-expo’s in conjunction with the main event at the Grand Salle, these are running at the Royal Shop opposite BNB on Broad Street, the Satjay Business Centre behind Cave Shepherd which as mentioned before, is also another venue for the VAF. You have to hurry, soon the 2d will be giving way to the three-dimensional portion of the Central Bank’s VAF.
Out of the City and on to the West Coast, where Neville Legall and Denzil Mann conduct Reflections at the Gallery of Caribbean Art in Speightstown;-
Neville Legall’s brilliantly coloured paintings are inspired by the opulent beauty of his native Barbados and its neighbouring Caribbean islands as well as the cultural mores of the people living there. Legall’s oils and watercolour creations transcend mere impressions of island images and seek to immortalize the motifs, which gave birth to them.
Paintings by this artist are eagerly sought after by art lovers and grace private homes and collections in many European countries, North America and the Caribbean.
[Neville] has exhibited in Barbados, Canada, Cuba and the United States of America.
Here’s the profile of the Co-Exhibitor on Queen’s Street;-
Denzil’s early efforts were encouraged by family and friends in the Black Rock community. In his youth he illustrated mostly in graphite, two drawings gained awards at the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) with the assistance of his art teacher, Mrs. Preston at the Christ Church Foundation Secondary School.
After leaving school, Denzil would devote himself to reconstructing what he had learned. His technique changed his principles of drawing and painting changed. Denzil now relied on the subject matter to determine his approach. He breaks the composition into a series of planes; the background, middle ground and foreground. The detailing of the foreground is dictated by the background, this is how he saw and interpreted what he saw, this way of detailing resulted in a more harmonious and less imposed composition.
Under-painting and building on top produced exciting and interesting details. This is what helps to draw people to the work. The execution becomes more interesting than the subject matter. Denzil then applied it to all media, allowing him to express the energies and excitement he felt when he first looked at the subject and transposed that to the viewer.
This two man run concludes 12th August, so for once it can truly be said there’s art in Barbados running from south to west and way past Kadooment!